IBC Top 10: Things to do while spring cleaning

TORONTO, April 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Spring is here, and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) offers its Top 10 things for what to include on your spring cleaning list.

"Every spring, my family and I tackle our to-do lists around the house," said Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC. "By completing the items in the list below, you can help ensure the safety of your loved ones and property throughout the summer months."

IBC's Top 10 tips for what to include in your spring cleaning are:

  1. Check and maintain your smoke detectors.
  2. Install or check your CO detectors.
  3. Clear any leftover snow away from your house, especially any near basement windows and doorways.
  4. Check your property for obstructions that could prevent water from draining away from your house.
  5. Review your family's emergency plan.
  6. Update your emergency kit.
  7. Check your car's lights, signals, tires and fluids.
  8. Examine your windshield wipers; you may need to change them if the winter weather has damaged them.
  9. Update your home inventory.
  10. Review your insurance policies.

"It's a good practice to review your insurance policies at least once a year," adds Palumbo. "If you have questions about your policy, ask your insurance representative or contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2-ASK-IBC. We're here to help."

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 118,000 Canadians, pays $6.7 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $48 billion.  

For media releases and more information, visit IBC's Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_Ontario or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2-ASK-IBC.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact: Celyeste Power, Manager, Media Relations, 416-362-2031 ext. 4312, cpower@ibc.ca


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